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Abyssinian Roller

Abyssinian Roller
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-19 6:56
Viewed: 4173
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the savannas of Senegal we saw a lot of rollers. Specially the Abyssinian Roller.

The Abyssinian Roller, Coracias abyssinica, is a member of the roller family of birds which breeds across tropical Africa in a belt south of the Sahara, known as the Sahel. It is resident in the southern part of its range, but northern breeding populations are short-distance migrants, moving further south after the wet season.

The Abyssinian Roller is a large bird, nearly the size of a Jackdaw at 28-30 cm. It has a warm brown back, with the rest of the plumage mainly blue. Adults have long (12cm) tail streamers. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult.

Abyssinian Roller is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blues of the wings contrasting with the brown back and the long tail streamers trailing behind.

This is a common bird of warm open country with some trees, and has adapted to farmland and human habitation. These rollers often perch prominently on trees, posts or overhead wires, like giant shrikes, whilst watching for the large insects and rodents on which they feed. They will dash into the smoke of a forest fire for disturbed invertebrates. They are fearless, and will dive and roll at humans and other intruders.

The display of this bird is a lapwing-like display, with the twists and turns that give this group its English name. It nests in a scantily lined hole in a tree or building, and lays 3-6 eggs.

The call of Abyssinian Roller is a harsh crow-like gak sound, or a screeched aaaargh.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-19 7:05]

Hi Peter
Another beauty from you!
Great shot!
I like the sharp details and the lovely colors.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-19 7:14]

Beautiful bird, fine image with good composition. tfs.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-19 7:51]

Hi Peter,
Very nice photo of this Abyssinian Roller, TFS!

Hallo Peter
I want to compliment you on this beautiful capture of the Abyssinian Roller with its delicate, but striking features, especially the round black polka dot eye and the gorgeous tailpiece. The catch-light caught in its eye, and the soft colours in its feathers is really special. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-19 9:39]

Hello Peter.
What an amazing bird, the colours are just incredible. A great shot, with really good composition. Well done!
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-19 9:44]

Hi Peter. This is a unusual looking bird with its large head and fairly small body. But some time it can just bethe way they are hold the branch. What ever its a very colourful little bird. Which your picture shows so well. I like the pose showing the long tail. Well taken and TFS .

Ciao Peter, nice bird with fantastic colors, beautiful diagonal compoesition, lovely blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
a fantastic capture of this marvellous bird, good sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV and a very nice composition, well done.
Best regards

Hello Peter,
What an exotic bird! Congratulations, excellent photo with perfect POV, majestic pose of the bird and a very attractive light. Good contribution to TN! Thanks! Jesús

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-19 11:46]

Hi Peter,fantastic and colorfull second gift from your trip in Senegal! I think was a good place for a great birdwatcher like you.The pic is perfect to understand the colors and the design of the plums,very nice composition too...and very interesting and rare specie!Thanks for share,have a nice time,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-19 12:02]

Hello Peter,
I bet you had a great time in Senegal and this Roller is magnificent! You captured it in a lovely pose here showing great details of its lovely plumage and long tail feathers. A beautiful soft background and well composed too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Peter,
Fantastic capture with superb details and colours.
Very nice composition and excellent sharpness.
Interesting and useful photographer's note.

Hello Peter,
Excellent composition with good diagonal line, great details and lovely colors for this image. Well done!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-19 13:33]

Hello Peter,
What an elegant looking species you display for us here.
The colours are wonderful.
The details razor sharp.
Fantastic work Peter, thank you.

hello Peter

beautiful photo of the Abyssinian Roller, fine POV and specially
the way it is framed on the image with his pose the same form as
the branch, fine focus sharpness and details, beautiful luminosity,
excellent details of the eye with beautiful catch-light, TFS


Hi Peter,

What a spectacular beauty which i saw firstly. The hear part is slightly resembling a shrike indeed:) Lovely bird. Loved her facial expression, it is so serious:)
Wwesome shot and presentation MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-19 21:55]

Hello Peter,
A fine shot of one of my favourite species of birds!
Though a little soft you did right in not trying to sharpen it more. The POV, composotion on the diagonal branch, Colours and Bg are great.
Thanks and best regards,

Hallo Peter,

een mooie foto met een prachtig gekleurde vogel die ik nog niet in het echt gezien heb.
Jammer van dat takje achter zijn hoofd.
Kan je dat niet wegclonen?
Dan is ie helemaal af, nu blijft het een heel klein -puntje.
Prachtige zachte kleuren.


Ciao Peter. Great DOF here and splendid bright colours. Fantastic capture!


Hi Peter

Fine shot of this roller I've not seen before. Good pose. Good sharpness and OOF background.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-20 3:15]

Hello Peter,
what a lovely bird in its beautiful colours. i like the diagonal composition of the branch that gives a good visual view. The bird itself is exciting with blue colours and pleasant feature.
well done in showing the beauty.


wow wat een gaaf beest peter,

good geportraiteerd


HA Peter,

de scholen zijn begonnen, de vakantie afgelopen, en zie hier "Peter" is er weer.
Prachtig shot van deze scharrelaar
Mooi licht; uitstekende kleuren; goede pose; prima POV,DOF en BG

TFS Thijs

hallo Peter
deze is weer erg goed genomen
super scherp en mooie compositie
de kleuren zijn prachtig
groetjes lou

HI Peter,
it's amazing what colours nature can do.
This guy is sitting there in such a nice pose, you are so lucky to see those birds in nature - so exotic, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-23 12:48]

Hello Peter,
During your trip to Africa you have seen very colorful birds and this Abyssinian Roller is a good example for it. Must be very impressive to see it. You made a pleasant composition with the branch used as diagonal and the very subtle-colored background.
Thanks also for the interesting note.
Kind regards

Hello Peter
a nice capture of Abyssinian Roller with great focus, POV and eyes contact. diagonal composition and coloration also great. thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes and have a nice new week

Hello Peter.
This bird is really beautiful in shape and colors. You have captured this shot brilliantly exposing fine sharpness, details and colors.
Brilliant work and thanks for sharing.

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